Dr Aaron Smith PhD started with the question
"What does it take to make a good school?"
Like most Funky Thinker questions - it is harder than it appears at first glance.
It requires some sit down and talk time - Funky or what?
After a quick trip round the size of aircraft carriers at Norfolk Virginia and Portsmouth (UK), we decided that the worst place in the world to be was on the flight deck of one on 4th July.
The temperature is 110 degrees. (That's 43 Celsius - or very hot) and you are cleaning rust off. Nice
We got to talking about education and things which are required for a good school - that it is very hard to measure and therefore articulate in simple terms.
Like culture, the way things are done. Relationships between school and home and more.
I often wonder if the desert island question still has a place in the world.
Turns out it really has - not for the few minutes we allow it on the show - but for a wider group or team discussion.
Is testing in schools the only success measure?